Exactly one month ago my husband and I moved from North Carolina to the Los Angeles Westside. We loaded up our little red Mazda and set off along Interstate 40 for a 7 day cross-country drive. Somewhere between Fort Stockton, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico, Nat Kringoudis’ weekly newsletter popped into my inbox advertising her gentle body cleanse. I had been a keen follower of Nat’s blog for a little over a year and, as another highway diner meal loomed ahead of me, it seemed like the perfect time to purchase give this e-guide.
Cleanse Yourself is described as a “grown up, modified, improved and all round beautiful” Gentle Body Cleanse written by Nat Kringoudis, doctor of Chinese Medicine, author, speaker, fertility expert and founder of The Pagoda Tree.
Cleanse Yourself is quick to read, simple to understand, easy to follow and visually delicious. Nat explains why and how your body needs to cleanse, what hurdles you might expect to face during the cleanse, and provides a 5 day eating plan with easy recipes.
I enjoyed participating in the cleanse for many reasons, but my most transformational discovery was learning that my body thrives on a cooked plant based diet. By switching from my predominantly raw foods diet to a larger portion of cooked foods, I noticed a decrease in stomach aches, bloating and fatigue.
Nat explains that digestion occurs at around 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). This means that the gut must ‘heat up’ raw food before it can be digested and assimilate the nutrients into the body.
As someone who grew up on a slew of antibiotics for throat infections and various illnesses, my gut is pretty weak. While I thought I had been strengthening my digestive system by eating raw foods, I was actually exhausting it by creating twice the work of heating and then digesting. This is a great reminder that there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet.
The cleanse recipes are nutritious, filling, simple and really tasty, and Nat and her team have given me permission to share one with you today. My pick is the buckwheat pancake with hummus, avocado and tomato mix up. This meal not only is easy and inexpensive to prepare, and it also feels luxurious to eat – like I am digging into a fluffy pita bread. I encourage you to try this recipe and share it with your future husband and bridesmaids too; you might as well have everyone glowing with health at your wedding ceremony!
Cleanse Yourself Giveaway
I am excited to spread a little bit of that whole foods wellness by giving away two copies of Cleanse Yourself. An alkalizing, whole foods cleanse can improve digestive distress, clear up skin issues, increase quality of sleep, and so much more. To win your copy of this awesome e-book, simply share with me in the comments below how you would benefit from cleansing and alkalizing your system.
With love and nourishment,
Jennifer Dene xxx
Buckwheat Pancake w Avocado, Hummus and Tomato Mix Up
(Makes 2 small or one large)
- 1 cup of buckwheat flour
- 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 red pepper (capsicum) finely diced
- 1/4 cup of rice milk
- Coconut oil to grease pan
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1 tomato chopped (and marinated with olive oil and salt)
- Hummus (recipe below)
- Whisk to combine pancake ingredients in a medium bowl, you may need to add more milk depending on your desired consistency of the pancake. Generally, you want that slightly runny, batter consistency
- Pour batter into a coconut oil greased fry pan and cook
- Top with hummus, chopped avocado and tomato
Recipe from Nat Kringoudis: Eat Fat, Be Lean (Makes enough to serve 6)
- 1 jar un-hulled tahini
- Sea salt
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 1 whole lemon, juiced
- Turmeric or paprika to garnish (optional)
- Empty the whole jar of tahini into a food processor
- Fill the jar with water, filtered if you have it, and add to food processor with crushed garlic clove and blend until it changes to a whiter color
- Add salt and lemon juice and blend again
- Taste it to see if you need more salt or garlic, depending on your taste
- Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with turmeric or paprika
- To keep fresh, and to add taste, you can add virgin cold pressed olive oil on top